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Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Malus domestica 'Pixie Crunch'

$119.95 (10% Off)
+$7.00 Oversized Fee

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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Mix

Helps your Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill) get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-25 ft.

Mature Width:

20 ft.


Full Sun

Growth Rate:


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Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Malus domestica 'Pixie Crunch'

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Big Taste Comes in Small Apples

The sweetest, crispiest fresh apple around! If you think that apples are nothing special, you haven’t tried a Pixie Crunch. These small apples are even sweeter than the popular Honeycrisp apples, and they break away from the core with a satisfying snap. The texture is dense and crisp, and the flavor is kid-pleasingly sweet with just a hint of tartness. This is the best possible apple for fresh eating in September.

Great for no-sugar-added baking. Imagine picking a basketful of beautiful red apples from your backyard tree and bringing them inside to bake a homemade pie. There’s no guilt required to bake these fruits: Pixie Crunch apples are so sweet that you’ll need only a sprinkle of added sugar in your recipes.

Big harvests! A standard Pixie Crunch begins to bear fruit in its third year of growth, and fully mature trees can yield between 200 and 400 pounds of fresh apples that ripen over a period of about three weeks each fall. Pixie Crunch apples can be stored for up to two months in cool conditions, but if you still can’t eat them all, they make wonderful apple juice and can also be used to make sugar-free applesauce for canning.

Beautiful spring blossoms. Pixie Crunch apple trees add a lovely touch to your landscape in the spring, when they are covered with delicate, white blossoms that feature a pink blush. Pixie Crunch apples require a nearby pollinator to set fruit, so choose another apple variety that blossoms mid-season to encourage cross-pollination. You can also rely on nearby white-blossomed crabapple trees as a pollinator.

Great disease resistance. Pixie Crunch apples were specially bred at Purdue University and were introduced in 1993. Though not an heirloom, these trees were designed to be resistant to disease, including apple scab and fire blight. If there was ever an apple you could try to grow organically, this tree might just be the one.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! You won’t have any trouble getting kids to eat their fruit with Pixie Crunch apples around. These sweet little pommes are full of Vitamin C and fiber, which reduce inflammation and support a heart-healthy lifestyle, so you can rest assured that you’re providing family and friends a healthful, delicious snack.

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Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Pollination

Pixie Crunch Apple Trees (Low-Chill) are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Crabapple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

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My Small Orchard
I got excited and ordered a few apple trees...and a cherry tree and a peach tree. Somehow I have 3 peach trees, 1 Northstar Cherry and 7 apples. I ordered a honey crisp, pink lady, dorsett and pixie crunch from FGT. The pixie crunch looks really good.
Now the hard work comes. I sometimes manage to kill everything green so I am on youtube, google and at the bookstore trying to keep my fruit trees alive. We'll let you know if I succeed. Also I have 2 Live Oaks that are doing really well. I was worried Florence or Michael would destroy them because they haven't been in the ground a year yet. Wish I had another acre I would order more from FGT.
October 28, 2018
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
Pixie Crunch apple tree
received the tree late last fall and planted it. The young tree was thriving. It bloomed and formed apples and then a month of strong wind(25 knots plus) normal spring for us blew them off of the limbs. Then the deer found they liked it and I had to fence it.
It has recovered and I look for a milder spring next year.
June 18, 2018
1 year ago
So far not dead
Only been in the ground 2 months. I'll report back in 3 years.
August 2, 2017
1 year ago
arrived in good shape Deer liked the leaves...seems to be thriving a coupe of months after planting.
fencing to protect from deer
at planting
August 1, 2017
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Diretions

The Pixie Crunch apple tree (Malus domestica ‘Pixie Crunch’) is a delightfully sweet apple that’s great for baking or eating straight off of the tree. One of the larger known apple varieties, it can reach a mature height of 20-25 feet tall and 20 feet wide, but can be maintained at a shorter height for easier harvesting. Cold tolerant all the way down to -10 degrees, this tree can be grown in USDA growing zones 5-8, but is a low chill variety that needs less cold exposure in order to set bloom properly. However, it is not a self fertile tree so you will need another variety in order for it to produce fruit (see pollination partnering list below). The Pixie crunch is a resistant variety bred for its ability to fight off scab and fire blight, making it a hardier variety than many others.

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Pixie apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Pixie apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Pixie apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your Pixie apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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greg s on Nov 30, 2018
jamez z on Sep 20, 2018
greg s on Nov 30, 2018
crisp and sweet
Kurt J on Oct 20, 2018
jamez z on Sep 20, 2018
I want to cross pollinate my Fugi apple tree
Richard M on Jun 19, 2018
We've never heard of this apple before but the description sounded yummy.
Courtney A on Apr 24, 2018
Pixie crunch is the new and improved honey crisp. This tree will fertilize the honey crisp I purchased. Zone 5 hardy.
Julie N on Apr 1, 2018
final height, sweetness
Steve P on Mar 18, 2018
We love fresh fruit and independent living
RUSS H on Mar 17, 2018
I wanted a really sweet tasting apple and thought I would give this one a try.
Ava B on Mar 2, 2018
Patricia O on Jan 27, 2018
Grows and produces in my zone. Taste
John D on Apr 17, 2016
For pollination of the McIntosh and jelly
Barbara J on Apr 6, 2016
crisp and sweet
Kurt J on Oct 20, 2018
I want to cross pollinate my Fugi apple tree
Richard M on Jun 19, 2018
I read the list of apples that will pollinate a Pixie Crunch. I want to be sure they will cross-pollinate with the apple varieties listed. I assume the answer is "yes", as they would bloom at the same time. Correct?
Beth D on Nov 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not necessarily. The bloom times of an apple tree is determined by the amount of sunlight it receives, so some apples bloom sooner than others, such as the "Early Transparent" apple.
what does chill hours define?
James M on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chill hours is the number of hours between 32-45F during the dormant period, (usually between November and February) that the plant needs in order to produce fruit the following year.
I've read we should wait to plant our pixie crunch and Honeycrisp in the ground until after the last frost, probably several weeks away. How should I care for the trees in the meantime? Indoors or out? Pot or leave in the burlap sack, etc. Thank you.
Krjomi on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would not wait. The roots will continue to grow below the freeze line, thereby giving you a head start on others in your area. Roots will grow all year (slower in cold weather, but still growing), and leaves and fruit need a fixed # of hours of sunlight on the trunk and branches before they "wake up". Check on what they need as pollinator trees, because many apple species are triploid (3 sets of genes) and cannot pollinate themselves or other apple trees. Any crabapple is a good pollinator for any apple tree, but check with your county agricultural agent or nursery to be sure which trees will pollinate your tree(s), and when they both bloom. Jerry Rosen, Matagorda, TX
Do you have to have 2 for them to pollinate ?
Kelly C on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pixie Crunch Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. The Arkansas Black, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Winesap and Yellow Delicious will work well as a pollinator.
will this pollinate with honeycrisp?
Ty J on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Pixie Crunch will pollinate a Honeycrisp.

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